|Season 1||Building the Clubhouse ►|
| Japan |
July 7, 2000
| North America |
June 3, 2002
Hamtaro is the 1st episode of the series and the 1st episode of Season One.
An 11-year-old girl named Laura, along with her parents, her dog Brandy and hamster Hamtaro, moves into their new house. Hamtaro gets out of his cage and goes outside, where he meets a hamster named Oxnard. They fall underground, meeting up with Boss who shows them his house. He says he needs help telling a girl how he feels. Meanwhile, Laura meets Kana and buys a journal that she updates every night.
Hamtaro, the curious pet hamster of 5th grader Laura, sets out to meet the neighbors after they move to a new town. While Laura enjoys a snack with her parents, Hamtaro sneaks out of his cage and down the drainpipe. Once outside, he meets his hamster neighbor Oxnard, who is looking for his missing sunflower seed. Hamtaro helps him find it and they declare each other friends afterwards.
Both Hamtaro and Oxnard fall underground, only to meet a hamster named Boss and his house. After showing off his hideout, he says he is having girl troubles and needs help. He takes them to meet the enchanting hamster, Bijou. Boss gets tongue-tied while trying to sing for her until the quick-thinking Hamtaro helps him out by breaking into a much less ear-shattering song. Bijou winks at Hamtaro after the performance, signalling her crush on him.
That night Laura shares her day with Hamtaro. She tells him about her new friend Kana whom she met while buying hamster stationary at the store. Then Laura writes in her diary, never imagining that her cuddly Hamtaro has some new friends of his own.
- Brandy (debut)
- A scene where Hamtaro is chewing on a pencil has been cut.
- This episode is tied with Jingle, the Wanderer for the second lowest number of defined Ham-Hams in an episode (the first being Oxnard's Big Crush).
- This is the episode with the shortest title, and also the only episode with a single-word title (though the Japanese title translates to "Hamtaro Appears!".
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